Brit goes to space with a balloon, a camera, and duct tape

View of the earth from space.
NASA or Robert Harrison? (OK, this one is NASA...)

I appreciate being sent this item (thanks, BB!) about Robert Harrison — a 38-year-old IT director from Highburton, West Yorkshire — who for just under US$750 has taken photographs and video from 22 miles up that has impressed some at NASA who said they would have spent a few million dollars to produce the same results.

Check it out yourself: “Journey into space with a balloon and duct tape” from yesterday’s Times Online out of the UK.

Million-plus dollar results for just under $750.  Maybe we should ask this Brit if he would kindly help our Congress come up with a health care policy…

The article contains a link to his own website which, due to large media attention, has been overwhelmed with hits to its server.  However, it has been temporarily redirected to a page that contains his photographs until the traffic press dies down and he can move back to his normal webpage.  The pictures and video are gorgeous and remind me of a time in history when science wasn’t such a big budget enterprise.

The West Yorkshire Aeronautics and Space Administration, anyone?

Why are you still here?  Check it out! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Brit goes to space with a balloon, a camera, and duct tape

  1. Balloon angioplasty is one thing. But if this man tries to solve health care problems with duct tape — well, I personally might look for a different doctor. 🙂

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